When a hospital patient lies in one position for an extended period of time, he/she can develop painful lesions known as pressure sores or bedsores. Though most health care organizations consider bedsores to be easily preventable, an alarming number of injuries and deaths have been attributed to this condition because medical staff may not always take the proper measures such as hygiene, supervision, turning and repositioning and frequent skin assessments.
The development of a bedsore is never the fault of the patient, but such negligence is often denied by the medical staff and facility. This should never deter the victim, or their loved ones, from seeking the justice they deserve. Damages in many bed sore litigations may be obtained for medical expenses, pain, disfigurement and emotional loss. Additionally, pursuing a lawsuit will help to ensure others are not harmed by the same negligent practices in the future.
On Jan. 10, 2015, Frank R. Martino was admitted to Ruby Memorial Hospital for repair of an incarcerated incisional abdominal hernia, according to a recent lawsuit. Martino claims that three days later, a nurse identified a “skin tear” and within two weeks, it evolved into a severe, debilitating pressure ulcer wound that required several months of treatment. The lawsuit claims the hospital is liable for negligence, and responsible for his pain and suffering; mental anguish; embarrassment; and loss of ability to enjoy life. The suit also claims his wife suffered a loss of consortium as a result of the pressure ulcer. The Martino’s are seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
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